Google Invites University Researchers to Collaborate on IoT Projects
By teaming up with university researchers on short-term projects, Google aims to see how its technologies can be used in IoT applications and user interfaces.Google wants to work with university researchers on short-term projects involving the use of its software and technologies in emerging Internet of things applications. The company this week announced an Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot program under which it is seeking applications from academic researchers looking to explore "interesting use cases and innovative user interfaces" with Google. Google's chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf and Max Senges of Google Research this week described the pilot program as mostly involving small-scale projects of between four and eight weeks in duration. Participants will be required to use one or a combination of Google IoT technologies in proposing ideas on which to work. In addition to intriguing use cases, those interested in participating in the program can also propose projects showing how IoT interoperability and technical issues as well as IT-related privacy and security issues can be addressed through Google's products.
Several Google technologies and applications are available to choose from for those interested in participating in the pilot program. Among them are Google beacon platform, Physical Web, Brillo & Weave and OnHub router. The technologies represent the somewhat eclectic collection of development and software tools in Google's IoT portfolio currently.